Interview: Elbow on the Olympics

Elbow have recorded a special theme song for the Olympics and are on tour in November
Elbow have recorded a special theme song for the Olympics and are on tour in November
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REPORTER Andrew Trendell spoke to Elbow bassist Pete Turner about their Olympic theme song and whether or not they’ll be performing at the games.

ELBOW bassist Pete Turner has spoken about the hard work his band have put into their Olympic theme music - but remains tight-lipped about whether or not they’ll be performing during the Games.

Elbow ended their Latitude set with a fireworks spectacular. By Andrew Trendell

Elbow ended their Latitude set with a fireworks spectacular. By Andrew Trendell

Their special Olympic theme tune debuts today, ahead of the London 2012 opening ceremony.

“That tune has been a long time in the making,” said Pete. “We’re really proud of it, because we had to go about writing it in a different way.”

Pete says that the band took a very different approach when penning the song.

“We were very conscious of it not being a typical Elbow song,” he said.

“Right from the beginning Guy (Garvey, singer) was saying ‘I’m not going to sing on this song’, because as soon as you hear his voice it becomes an Elbow song.”

He continued: “A lot of people have said that as soon as they heard it, they just knew it was us. I suppose anything we do will always sound like Elbow. It’s a pretty big tune and we can do the big tunes that everyone wants at their wedding.”

While the band’s music will play throughout the Games, Pete says that he’s far more excited about the ‘sense of occasion’ than he is the actual sports.

“There’s a lot of excitement around because of it and I love how they’ve got involved with music,” said Pete. “It’s made me want to watch it - I’m not sure how much I’d watch otherwise. Like a lot of people, I’d watch the athletics and the 100 metres but I’m just not a big fan of sport really.”

Pete went on: “A lot has been made of the opening and closing ceremonies and gigs going on throughout the games and that’s great.

“Everyone’s up for it - not just sports fans. It’s a bit like the Jubilee. If it’s good fun and it brings everyone together then it’s got to be good.”

So will the band be performing during the games?

“I don’t think I can tell you really. I’m not sure - I’ll just say that I don’t know.”

Among Elbow, music has also been written for the 2012 Games by the likes of Muse, Elton John vs Pnau, Delphic, Chemical Brothers and Dizzee Rascal.

Pete says that he has heard very little of the rest of the music, but is a huge fan of Muse.

“I’ve not heard a lot of the other Olympic music, apart from a bit of that Muse song,” he said. “I like the cool wig-out at the end - it sounds pretty big. They’re a top band so they were always going to do a good job.”

Pete added: “We’ve known Muse for years. We’ve toured with them and always see them at festivals. If they’re playing Manchester then a few of us will always go down. They always put on a good show. Both us and Muse like prog rock, but they just go straight down the road and throw everything at it.”

- For the rest of our interview with Pete from Elbow, talking about their success and what to expect from their upcoming tour and next album, check back here Monday.